The Announcements Thus Far

I am working on C&EN’s annual world outlook piece. I put together this table for that package. These are all the formal announcements of new ethylene capacity in the U.S. It doesn’t count companies, such as Formosa, which have been studying new capacity but haven’t put out anything official. It also doesn’t include Nova’s expansion plans in Canada.

The grand total is nearly 7 million metric tons of new capacity. That is about 5% to 6% or the present world total. Moreover, all of this capacity has been announced only since late March.

Also, it doesn’t include Ineos, which is studying a 115,000-metric-ton expansion at its Chocolate Bayou cracker.

SHALE BONANZA
U.S. expansions can total nearly 7 million metric tons by 2017
COMPANY LOCATION DATE CAPACITY
(‘000s METRIC TONS PER YEAR)
NEW CRACKER COMPLEX
ChevronPhillips Cedar Bayou, Texas 2017 1500
Dow^a Gulf Coast 2017 2300
Sasol^b Lake Charles, La. TBD 1400
Shell Chemicals Appalachia 2017 1000
EXPANSIONS OF EXISTING FACILITIES
LyondellBasell La Porte, Texas 2014 400
Williams Geismar, La 2013 275
Westlake Lake Charles, La. 2012 100
Total 6975
a Capacity figures for Dow Chemical include a new steam cracker, incremental expansions, and the restart of a cracker in Louisiana.
b Capacity figures for Sasol is the upper range of an estimate.
TBD=To be determined

 

Author: Alex Tullo

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